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By Ron Dutcher
Aikin Lambert started out as two Manhattan jewelers, James Cornelious Aikin and Henry Lambert, who joined forces to enter the gold pen business that was growing after the Civil War. In the late 1880s, Aikin Lambert first made fountain pens under Paul Wirt’s patents. In the early 1890s Aikin Lambert began to supply Lewis Waterman with gold nibs. As Waterman grew more successful, he took more control over Aikin Lambert and eventually bought out the company altogether by 1915. Most of the Aikin Lambert fountain pens that you will find are very high quality pens. Some of the most beautiful overlay pens that you will ever see are and some of the finest writing pens are Aikin Lambert Fountain pens.
Aikin Lambert sold quite a few lines of pens. The ones that I can confirm are:
For more information, see the entry for Aikin Lambert in the Glossopedia.
This article is part of the Manhattan Pen Makers Project, originated by Ron L. Dutcher. Except for typographical corrections, the text is as Ron published it. Ron wanted to include photos of advertisements or pens from each maker; he had some photos, but the gallery was far from complete. Photos here are a mixture of what Ron had and what I have been able to add from my own photo library. As with other reference articles on this site, you should not take this information as absolutely authoritative or complete.